The Section 8 Program assists low income, handicapped, elderly, and disabled persons with rental costs. Assistance is based on household income.Recipients are required to pay a portion of their income towards rent (roughly 30%). The remainder of the rent is subsidized via the Montana Department of Commerce. Section 8 Rental Assistance is tenant based, meaning the subsidy lies with the tenant and is transferable per program regulations. Households may utilize Section 8 Rental Assistance until 30% of their income exceeds the rent for the unit.
Eligibility is based on household income.
How long is the wait?
Applicants are always encouraged to apply as Section 8 Rental Assistance provides long-term assistance to help households reach financial self-sufficiency. Help us keep waiting lists short, keep your address on the waiting list current. Use the address change form and feel free to check your status on the waiting list.
What happens when I reach the top of the waiting list?
Applicants are notified in writing and an appointment is made with a housing specialist for an orientation and eligibility determination. In some cases, the applicant can apply the voucher to the unit they are currently renting.
How do I apply?
Apply here for Section 8 Rental Assistance, or call Action for Eastern Montana at 406-377-3564 or 800-227-0703
Section 8 Home Buyer Program
The Section 8 Homeownership Program of the Montana Department of Commerce allows eligible participants in the Section 8 housing choice voucher program, including participants with portable vouchers, the option of purchasing a home with their Section 8 assistance rather than renting.
To be eligible, participants must be able to secure financing on their own, be employed full time at minimum wage or be receiving Social Security, and have been on Section 8 rental assistance for at least one year. Other requirements also apply, please feel free to contact the Action for Eastern Montana office for more information.
Emergency Solutions Grant
This program can helps homeless families and individuals who meet certain qualifications. To be eligible for financial assistance you must currently be homeless or have received an eviction notice resulting from a sudden or unexpected drop in income. The household must be able to show that housing will be affordable and sustainable with their current or expected income. Please call Action for Eastern Montana Housing Department for more information.
Housing Program Director
(406) 377-3564 ext 113
Housing Program Specialist
(406) 377-3564 ext 115